Thursday, 30 June 2016

County Woman Magazine

Very pleased to have a feature about my work in the June issue of County Woman magazine along with an article on their website: Work in Print

Thursday, 16 June 2016

First weekend of Open Studios, Bronygarth

This is one event in the calendar that I really look forward to the Borderland Visual Arts Open Studio where four of us are showing our work at sculptor Judy Greaves' studio in Bronygarth near Chirk.

It's a beautiful peaceful, quiet place and the views from the studio are stunning even though the weather this year is alternating between some quite heavy downpours of rain and sunshine:

As we show visitors around there are refreshments available and artist Diana Baur has been taking advantage of the beautiful light in the studio to do some painting:

Judy carving stone: 

Me with my work in front of John Smout's paintings: 

Me with my artist books and framed prints on the wall behind:

My framed 'Purple Elephant' limited edition screen print:

I also managed to visit the studio of artist Gill Crozier and purchase one of her prints and a ceramic vessel of Dorothy Harrison's for a present:

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Open Studios at Bronygarth

This weekend and next weekend 11th, 12th June & 18th, 19th June, Sculptor Judy Greaves, Artists Diana Baur, John Smout and myself will be showing our work for Borderland Visual Arts Open Studios at Bronygarth 10.00am to 5.00pm

Please feel free to come and visit us and Judy's beautiful garden, refreshments available

Ashfield, Bronygarth, Oswestry SY10 7LY

Monday, 23 May 2016

In the Shadow of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, artist book and prints

My artist book 'In the Shadow of Old Oswestry Hill Fort' that has been in exhibition in the Willow Gallery, Oswestry is now moving to a new exhibition 'The Human Temperament at Blossoms Gallery in Aberystwyth. 

In the middle of the concertina book is a blind embossing of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, the inside covers are screen printed and the outside is covered with beautiful Japanese Moriki Kozo paper.  

I am inviting the viewer to take a closer look at the archaeology and nature that are intertwined with human activity on and around Old Oswestry Hill Fort and its impact on the environment.  This project came about as a result of pressure from proposed development  in the area which could  subsequently wipe away the identity of the Hill Fort. The 'Ghost Trees' print alludes to the human habit of destroying nature to the point of extinction.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Old Oswestry Hill Fort

On one of the beautiful sunny crisp days in March we went for a walk around Old Oswestry Hill Fort so that I could gather some inspiration for a new project and exhibition that I am involved with.  The exhibition was organised to celebrate the heritage of this wonderful place, its archaeology and environment which may be under threat  by new development plans.

Old Oswestry Hill Fort is a very peaceful place to walk around and I was immediately drawn to the ploughed, straight lines and stubble giving structure to the landscape. This contrasts with the smoother organic lines of the ramparts on the Hill Fort.

It's fairly quiet up on the top of the Hill Fort and as you walk around the only sound to interrupt is the birds and there are also magnificent views all around. The winter shadows from the trees in the landscape were long and drawn out on the ground.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Old Oswestry Hill Fort Exhibition

New exhibition opening today at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry and features my new artist book 'In the Shadow of Old Oswestry Hill Fort' and new prints.
The exhibition is from Saturday 23rd April to Saturday 21st May and opens today at 11.00am with a talk by archaeologist and artist John Swogger.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Acanthus, Architectural Lights

 Earlier in the year I was asked to make some new work for re:collect's Cabinet of Curiosity that was to be shown in the Unitarian Church in Shrewsbury which was where Charles Darwin worshipped as a small boy.  

I am always trying to think of new ways to display my prints and decided to make some paper cubes to include in the exhibition. I took inspiration from the architectural details on the ironwork of one of the ceiling lights. I have screen printed and blind embossed my interpretation of the acanthus leaves design and made them into cubes for the cabinet. 

I am also referencing the relationship of Emma Darwin, (wife of Charles Darwin) who was the granddaughter  Josiah Wedgewood, the English potter.  The design and raised blind embossed prints are reminiscent of Wedgewood pottery.

Further I screen printed my design onto Japanese Kozuke paper and made one of my artist sketchbook concertina books with blind embossing on the inside cover.